All Cooking Oils Are Not Created Equal

Woman Pouring Cooking Oil into Frying Pan

Do you want to make 2017 your healthiest year yet? To accomplish this monumental task, revamping your diet might be in order. If you’re determined to eat healthier in the New Year, consider swapping foods rich in saturated and trans fat with ones packed with heart healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat. A great place to start might be restocking your pantry with a new array of cooking oils. Consider shopping for the following options during your next trip to the grocery store.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil 

Extra virgin olive oil consists of 78 percent monounsaturated fat. This cooking oil superstar also contains 8 percent polyunsaturated fat and 14 percent saturated fat. Extra virgin olive oil is rich in a certain type of heart healthy antioxidants known as polyphenols. Use this versatile cooking oil to:

  • Sprinkle on vegetables before roasting them
  • Make a vinaigrette to pour over green salads
  • Sauté chicken breast, shrimp, or fish

Canola Oil

Canola oil contains 62 percent monounsaturated fat, 31 percent polyunsaturated fat, and 7 percent saturated fat. If you don’t prepare food at home often, canola oil is a great alternative for you. It has a fairly long shelf life. Due to its neutral flavor, canola oil can be utilized in a variety of delicious dishes. For instance, you can use canola oil to: 

  • Make Baked Goods Moist
  • Marinade Meats
  • Sauté Vegetables

Sesame Oil

Are you addicted to mouth-watering, Asian dishes? Sesame oil is used extensively in Asian cooking. This nutty tasting oil contains 41 percent monounsaturated fat, 44 percent polyunsaturated fat, and 15 percent saturated fat. For a scrumptious stir-fry, use untoasted sesame oil.

According to the American Heart Association, you should shop for cooking oils with fewer than 4 grams of saturated fat per tablespoon. The aforementioned delectable options boast high percentages of monounsaturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, or both while containing relatively little saturated fat. If you’re interested in learning how to prepare delicious, diet friendly meals at home with healthy cooking oils, consider scheduling a free, initial appointment with a representative at a Metabolic Research Center in your neighborhood.


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